Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Worldwide Giveaway: The Peculiar (signed) + Prodigy by Marie Lu (ARC) + Swiss chocolate

I knowwww, chocolate!
Hi, peoples. :)

So, I realized the international blog tour giveaways for The Peculiar are usually only for specific countries and I thought that was saaaad, so I'm going to do my own giveaway for a signed hardcover of The Peculiar and an ARC of Marie Lu's Prodigy and some Swiss chocolate to ANYWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE.  

(Like, seriously, you can live on the moon and still enter this giveaway. I can't guarantee your prize will ever arrive, but I'll throw it as high as I can.)

Me throwing as high as I can.
Also, I figured out how to use the whole Rafflecopter thing! (Update: erm, never mind, I have no clue about Rafflecopter. Apparently you can't just enter your email and win? That's dumb. So to simplify matters, you can just click the comment option. It's prolly the easiest route to go.) This means entering is simpler than last time. The giveaway runs until 12:00 EST, Tuesday, February 5th, and for more entries you can do one or all of these:

+1 entry for following me on Twitter
+2 entries for tweeting the link
+3 entries for following this blog (if you do this, leave a comment and I'll click in your entries manually, because I have no clue how to make Rafflecopter do it on it's own.)

And that's it! Enterrr! :D

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

2013 Books For Which I'm Excited

Doll Bones by Holly Black

The synopsis on GoodReads says something like, "Three kids — Zachary, Poppy and Alice — go on a journey, despite their own uncertain friendship, to bury a doll that may or may not be made from human bones."

I know, how awesome how disgusting. And I've actually never read anything by Holly Black, not even The Spiderwick Chronicles or her Modern Fairy Tale books, so this looks like a perfect introduction.

Proxy by Alex London

About a person who is hired to take all the punishments for his rich-brat-employer. How cool is that CONCEPT. So many possibilities for dastardliness and ethical quandaries.

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

It's a re-telling of the Bluebeard fairytale set in the pre-Civil War South. That's all I needed to know.

Arclight by Josin L. McQuein

I saw a cover mock-up for this at Greenwillow's office and it is so shiiiiiny. Aside from that, it's about creepy creatures called the Fade, and is set in a world where there's almost no light, and the author is cool (Hi, Josin!), so I'm buying it as soon as it comes out.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

This is the sequel to last year's Shadow and Bone. I liked that one! It had a cool pseudo-Tsarist world with an interesting magic system, a bit of steampunk-ish-ness, and the general pleasant feel of an old-fashioned adventure. I want to see where it goes in Numbah 2.

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

THE COVER. O_O I don't really know much else about this one, I admit, but it looks intriguing and snazzy.

The End Games  by T. Michael Martin

About two brothers in a zombie-apocalypsified West Virginia. It sounds creepy. And original. And the fact that it's about siblings. . . Sibling books are way less common than boyfriend/girlfriend books, and I find them much more interesting, so this should be good.

Don't those look great? :D I'm sure a ton more are going to pop up, and I'm going to remember all the ones I'm forgetting, but for now I think it's a good list. Also, if you have any 2013 recs or books you're excited about you could tell me and that would be cool of you.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ginormous International Peculiar Blog Tour + Giveaways + Interviews

The title pretty much says it all. And I knowww, this blog is all promo right now, but you see, IT CAN'T BE HELPED. You see? K, great. :)

Anyway, the nice people at HarperCollins International have set up a big blog tour with giveaways and reviews and possibly a scavengar hunt, and it actually started a few days ago in the Phillipines, but because I had to finish up a Book 2 revision I've been internet-non-existent and couldn't TELL you about it. So now I'm catching up. Also, huge thank you to all the bloggers who decided to participate. I've talked some of you on Twitter and you're so cool!

Here's what I know:

I'm doing a bunch of interviews and a few guest posts about steampunk and magic and all the best things.

These first few giveaways appear to be Philippines only, but the other ones might be for everywhere. I'll let you know when I know!

It's not final yet, but one of the prizes might be that you get to be a minor character in The Whatnot. I'll try to make you a helpful and kind character, who doesn't come to a violent and tragic end. Try.

Ummmm. . . Yep, that's all I know.

Below are all the blog stops. I copied and pasted this out of a publicity email because I'm a lazy bum. Thus, font-change in 3, 2, 1. . .

. . .

(PSA: the dates are American-style, so the month and the day are backwards.)

Dianne http://whoopeeyoo.com/ 1/21/13

Rest of World:

Jan. 25th
Jan. 26th
Jan. 27th
Umm, there's no address here. I shall update!
Jan. 28th
Jan. 29th
Jan. 30th
Jan. 31st

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Cabinet ASPLODES Open

This is not a real blog post. So that's good. I have an Exciting Thing to announce:


Claire Legrand (The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, Simon and Schuster BFYR), Emma Trevayne (Coda, Running Press), Katherine Catmull (Summer and Bird, Dutton/Penguin) and IIII, are going to be writing creepy stories over at the. . .

And it's goina be gry-eet. And I think it would be even gry-ter if you would go follow us. :D

Like now.


Did you do it? Are you back? Awesome. Here's how things are going to happen. Each week one of us will write a frightening and/or demented short story, and I'm at the end of the month because I whined about being busy. But that's ok, because I'm much more excited to read everyone else's stories.

Also, you should read these peoples's books if you haven't already. Emma's YA debut is coming out later this year, and I've not read it yet, but I got to read her middle grade manuscript and it's the best. And I've already talked about how Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls and Summer and Bird are the best, and they're in every bookstore ever, so GET THEE HENCE AND READ THEM.

If you want to, of course. :)

And then come back and read our short stories. :)

Ok, bye. :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

O, les Sentiments

So, I feel kind of bad for that mopey post from a few days ago, because awesome people have been doing awesome things and I was just being wretchedly grouchy. I mean, look at this stuff:

- The Peculiar is a finalist for the Cybil Awards. Yayyyyyy. I've never been a finalist for a book award before, so that's kind of speshul to me.

- Publishers Weekly let me be one of their Flying Starts of 2012. That's like when they pick six authors who had an interesting/auspicious/buzzed-about debut, and it is very big honor indeed because you get to be on their cover. Publishers Weekly has been super nice to my book from the start, and they gave it a starred review and everything, so thanks, PW. :)

(There is a line in the article, though, where I'm all like, "I wanted to write a book about all the things I liked, like WAR n' stuff." Uh. I kind of hate war with the passion of a thousand fiery suns. I may have been being facetious. Tip: don't be facetious when on the phone with giant newspapers, mmmmmkay?)

- Huffington Post put me on their list of 18 under 18. I'm not under eighteen anymore, but I suppose I was earlier this year, so whatever.

Also, I want to say thank you to all the people who bought the book, and who read the book, and who took the time to review the book whether you liked it or not, and who voted for the book in polls, and who nominated the book for awards, and who gave the book lovely reviews and put it on lovely lists, and who blogged/tweeted/threw it at people, and I doubt many of you will actually see this, but seriously, THANK YOU. I really, really appreciate it and 2012 would not have been half as cool without all the stuff you guys did. :)